Dr. Linda Smith
Palliative & Hospice Care Medicine
Dr. Linda Smith is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Specialist and Palliative Care Medicine Specialist with a wide variety of health care experience. Dr. Smith initially began her health care career in nursing before transitioning to pre-med. Before entering medical school she taught undergraduates and performed research in Exercise Physiology at Colorado State and Texas A&M Universities. She also worked as a Paramedic in Texas for several years.
Dr. Smith completed her Emergency Medicine Residency training in 1995 and practiced Emergency Medicine in Pennsylvania, California, and Alaska until 2012. She remains an active member of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team for Alaska and has served on several missions for national disaster relief.
In 2011, Dr. Smith elected to pursue additional education in Palliative and Hospice Care Medicine through fellowship training at Providence Alaska Medical Center. During her Palliative Medicine career she opened new pathways into neonatal Palliative care and Pediatric hospice care in addition to initiating the development and implementation of the first outpatient Palliative Care Clinic in Alaska.
Since opening the clinic in March of 2014, Dr. Smith has focused on providing care for Oncology patients and their families across the state of Alaska. She has worked to develop integrated care teams across multiple disciplines to assist in support and communication of care for cancer patients. She has been invited to speak locally, nationally, and at international conferences about her experience in the emerging field of Palliative Care medicine. Most recently, she has added video teleconferencing services as a part of her outpatient services in hopes of reaching out to providers and patients across the state who are asking for increased service access.
Her passions outside of work include fishing/fly fishing, and hiking with friends and family. She is an avid swimmer and trains regularly for triathlons. She has completed 3 ironman distance triathlons. She thoroughly enjoys the out of doors and can be found somewhere on the Kenai during much of her time off.